Oil has a few functions - it inhibits corrosion, and cools your engine by carrying heat away from moving parts and most importantly provides lubrication to minimise wear and tear on the moving parts of your engine.
Once it was recommended that your oil should be checked each time you fill up your petrol - this is no longer necessary- but in modern vehicles the oil level and its condition should still be checked every four to five weeks as part of a proper maintenance schedule.
You should let your car cool down for an hour or so after driving to allow the oil to settle and get a good idea of the real level. Locate the oil dipstick for your vehicle (you can check your owner's manual to find it). Pull the oil dipstick out - don't worry about the oil level marking at this point because this is NOT a 'true reading' of the exact level in your tank. Using a clean cloth, wipe the dipstick down, and then replace it back where you removed it from. This time, when you pull it out, you will see the exact oil level.
You will see markings on the dip stick which show the appropriate Maximum and Minimum levels for oil. If it's too low you need more oil added. If your oil is often low and needs topping up, this could point to problems which should be addressed by your mechanic and it's advisable to talk to us about this.
Clean oil is a clear golden colour - dirty, black or brown oil could indicate that your oil needs changing. Milky or foamy oil can be a sign of serious problems - definitely speak with your car service expert at Port Adelaide Auto Repairs if you see this.
Port Adelaide Auto Repairs change the oil as part of every full car service and we always follow the recommended service schedule from the vehicles manufacturer. We always use quality oils, chosen to best suit your vehicle. If you have a specific oil request, we are always happy to discuss your options - please talk to us when you book in your vehicle.